Small Things

[ed. note: Don't miss part three of Steve's special report, "Venezuela's Slippery Slope" tonight on "FOX Report," 7 pm ET.]

Feb. 2, 2005 9:21 a.m.

There is a way to roll an audio cable. I didn't know that, standing in the Kremlin, after the reporters interviewed Gorbachev. I was just trying to help a fixer, trying to pull cable, but a shooter let me know that I was making things worse.

You can reach under with your left hand and loop it when you make each roll so it won't tangle. It is a calming thing to do after the work is over. Roll it up, loop after loop, and tie it off with velcro. Sometimes a shooter will look at you, see the hand twirl, and nod, or at least leave you alone.


I returned to two more martial arts schools in Knoxville in an attempt to find one for my niece. I park a distance from the school. I walk in and stand there. I had hopes for the first one, which looked orderly. Two kids were teaching, instead of the head teacher. The one who talked looked down with a bent neck. He liked to boss. The parents were in metal chairs next to the mat. They were drinking coffee and talking, heads turned sideways to talk to each other while the class was going on. I stood and looked at the parents, waiting for the bamboo stick that never came. I left.

There was one left on my list. Everything was in order. A glass window separated the parents from the mat. It was a few minutes before class. The head teacher noticed a newcomer standing up behind the chairs. He came over and shook hands, and looked in the face. He taught himself. His uniform was pressed. He had the kids do some running games first and only then had them line up. This might be good.

Small things that no one sees, that don't matter to anyone. I once saw a martial arts teacher teach a children's class. One student showed up, one little boy. The teacher taught the same, as if he was teaching the Korean Olympic team, as if he was preparing 5,000 black belts for a demonstration in front of the U.S. President. No one was there, no parents watching, it didn't matter to anyone.

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I can relate to your search for a good martial arts instructor. The first school I scoped out had the right attitude, but a tendency to promote to ensure "no hard feelings." The second one was instructed by a man who liked to belittle students for imperfections as if it would make them work harder. Like the third bowl of porridge, the third school was just right.

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